Arts & Soul

A thriving and ever-growing arts and culture scene awaits you in Wilmington and our island beaches. Enjoy plays, musicals, film screenings and more at Wilmington’s one-of-a-kind performance venues. Step back in time at one of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in America at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which has been in continuous use since it opened in 1858. Visit Wilmington’s only dinner theater at TheatreNOW featuring a variety of musicals, Sunday Jazz brunches, kids' adventure shows and more.

Immerse yourself in North Carolina history and art at one of Wilmington’s many museums including The Cameron Art Museum with rotating exhibitions, ongoing classes and seasonal programs. Tour three museums housed in historic homes at the Bellamy MansionBurgwin-Wright House and Latimer House, all featuring exhibits and information on the history of the homes and the Wilmington area. Visit the state’s oldest history museum at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science showcasing exhibits on the history, science and cultures of the lower Cape Fear region.

Just a few short blocks away from the central business district is the Castle Street Arts & Antique District where you'll find art, antiques, restaurants, wine stores and other retail. Most notable is the Fifth & Castle Design Shop owned and operated by popular interior designer and HGTV host Meg Caswell.

Enjoy live music at a variety of Wilmington’s intimate venues including outdoors in Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, a scenic 1200-seat venue, and watch musicians showcase their talents in a 123-year old church at the Brooklyn Arts Center.

Read more about performance venues, museums, art galleries and pedestrian art stops in Wilmington and our island beaches.